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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,333 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 162010

Passat 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


I was driving the car around 40 mph in downtown los angeles in the afternoon and I was the only occupant. The vehicle in front of me suddenly slowed down. I pressed the brakes hard but the car did not stop and I tried to swerve to the shoulder but there was not enough room. I rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. I was puzzled and bewildered why the car was not stopping even though I was pressing on the brakes. I could see myself approaching the vehicle in front of me and wondering why I am not stopping but at the same time trying to swerve towards the shoulder. The airbag on the driver side did not deploy but the airbag on the passenger side deployed even though there was no passenger.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #2

May 032005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Dtl: Lease a 2004 Volkswagen Passat, had a high speed (40 mph) collision. Only the passenger side air bag deployed. No warring lights or failures with the air bags before. Two other vehicle involved but they fled seen.

- Clovis , CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 292004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
While driving at approximately 35 mph driver T-boned another vehicle on the passenger's side and the air bags in the front of the vehicle failed to deploy. The damage was so extensive the car was deemed a total loss. Consumer's son sustained a sprained lower back, hyper extended knees, misaligned hips, etc.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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